The Optogalvanic Spectrum of Neutral Lanthanum between 5610 and 6110 Å

Laurentius Windholz*, Tobias Binder

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We report on a complete optogalvanic spectrum of a discharge burning in a La-Ar gas mixture, in the spectral range 5610-6110 A (17,851 to 16,364 cm-1). About 1900 overlapping laser scans, each between 1 and 1.5 cm -1 wide, were necessary to cover this range. The resolution of the spectra is limited by the Doppler width of the spectral features to about 0.03 cm-1 (or ca. 0.01 A) and is comparable with a Fourier-transform spectrum, but the sensitivity is much higher. Indeed, we could find more than 1800 lines, from which about 800 could be classified as transitions between known energy levels. The main focus of the investigations was to discover previously unknown energy levels by means of excitation of unclassified spectral features.

Original languageEnglish
Article number23
Number of pages14
Issue number2
Early online date19 May 2020
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2020


  • Lanthanum atom
  • Laser spectroscopy
  • New energy levels

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

Fields of Expertise

  • Sonstiges


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